“Ain’t nobody want nothing in your candy store / The word on the street says closed forever more,” operatically trained Detroit sensation Eliza Neals sings on the chorus of a slash-and-burn, sassy new single – just in time for Valentine’s Day – in a voice gravelly yet smooth and melodic around the edges.
After catching the “Pawn Shop Blues,” a “Sugar Daddy” strolled into town but now there’s not enough honey to save him. This tongue–in-cheek gem takes ‘playing the dozens’ to new heights. Eliza’s early years of performing at clubs in Detroit and hanging with Barrett Strong, the songwriting legend is where her sweet style was honed.
Eliza Neals, on vocals and backing vocals, set up shop on grand piano to lay down this sweet groove. A gang of her Detroit friends were ready to throw down secret ingredients. John Galvin (Molly Hatchet) on Hammond B3 plus piano. Skeeto Valdez (King Konga, Johnie Bassett) on vintage drums and Paul Randolph (Alice Cooper) on Bass. Mike Puwal (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, ICP) on guitar with Kymberli Wright (Straight Ahead) on backing vocals.
The song was recorded live inside the Tempermill studios in Ferndale, MI by Eric Maluchnik, and mixed with additional tracking by Mike Puwal at Univox1 Milton, FL and a final master by Dave Feeny (White Stripes) at the Tempermill. It made its debut on SiriusXM B.B. King’s Bluesville Rack-of-Blues at #10, and the single has been in heavy rotation since.
Notably, Mick Jagger once told Eliza after walking in on a performance, “You sounded great. It was a great set, loved it!”